The Penrose Neighborhood is located in north St Louis. The boundaries of the neighborhood are Interstate 70 on the north, Pope Avenue and North Newstead Avenue on the southeast, Natural Bridge Ave on the southwest, Kingshighway Blvd and Penrose Park on the northwest. The neighborhoods surrounding the Penrose Neighborhood are O'Fallon to the east, Mark Twain to the north, The Greater Ville and the Kingsway East neighborhoods to the south and the Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial Neighborhood to the west.
Penrose Park, one of the City's 111 parks, sits to the east of Kingshighway in the Penrose Neighborhood and provides the area with many recreation options within its 51 acres of parkland. One of its unique features is a Velodrome. What is a "velodrome?" It is a track that can be indoor or outdoor and is banked for bicycle riding and races. The Penrose Park Velodrome is the only one found at any of the City parks, in fact, the Penrose Velodrome is the only one in Missouri and one out of only 27 that are found in the nation! Other amenities of the park are athletic fields for baseball and softball, courts for tennis, basketball and handball, a playground and picnic pavilions. The Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club is located in the Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial Neighborhood across from Penrose Park on the west side of Kingshighway. To the north of the neighborhood, just across West Florissant Avenue, is another park, the 126 acre O'Fallon Park. O'Fallon Park has a 5 acre stocked fishing and boating lake with a boathouse; four large picnic pavilions, a seasonal spray pool; a playground, athletic fields for softball and football; and lighted tennis and basketball courts. The brand new O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2012. The complex, as well as the new recreation complex in Carondelet Park, are the only new rec centers that have been built in any of the city parks since 1971. The O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex features an indoor Aquatic Center with slides, splash pool, children's pool and an outdoor lap pool. The rec center also has a gymnasium, fitness center, indoor track, locker rooms, community center and other amenities. The Kingsway East Neighborhood to the south of Penrose has another park, the W.C. Handy Park. Named for the American composer of the "St Louis Blues," William Christopher Handy, the park amenities that the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods can enjoy in this 11+ acre park include four baseball fields, a playground, a 3/4 mile asphalt walking trail, four horseshoe pits, one full court basketball court and multi-purpose athletic fields.
Julia Davis Branch Library, a St. Louis Public Library branch is found on Natural Bridge Avenue in the Penrose Neighborhood. It is one of 15 branch libraries that are place throughout the City of St. Louis.
As with all the St. Louis neighborhoods, the residents of the Penrose Neighborhood are served by the St. Louis Public School District. The district has one school located in the neighborhood and that is the Ashland Elementary School. Other district schools located in the surrounding neighborhoods are the Yeatman Liddell Middle School located in the O'Fallon Neighborhood and the Hickey Elementary School located in the Greater Ville Neighborhood. The City Academy is a private independent elementary school located in the Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial Neighborhood. Located in Penrose is the St. Louis Catholic Academy on Carter Avenue which offers private Catholic education to students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade.